This week, the Shiner St. Paul Cardinals host Austin Brentwood Christian to close out non-district and finish a three-game home stand. The Shiner Comanches start district at Yorktown.
SHINER COMANCHES AT YORKTOWN WILDCATS
The final game of a three-game road trip for Shiner starts the district season. The Comanches head to Yorktown to face a 5-1 Wildcat team tomorrow ( Friday, October 12, 2018 ).
“It’s the district opener and now they count (towards winning a district title, making the playoffs),” Shiner head coach Steven Cerny said.
The Comanches finished non-district 5-1, winning the first five games of the season. With the exception of Burton,who is 2A-DII, Shiner’s nondistrict opponents have been Class 3A with Hallettsville, Industrial and Goliad all being 3A-DI.
“I was pleased with how we did in non-district,” Cerny said. “We had two very tough back-to-back games (Goliad, Lexington). Now, we have to get and stay focused in district as one loss likely means no district title.”
The Wildcats hold an identical 5-1 on the season, notching wins against the likes of Shiner St. Paul, Runge, Somerville, Stockdale and Flatonia.
Yorktown was routed in their last outing (63-20) against Victoria St. Joseph.
“Yorktown has really come around with head coach John Caffey. It will be a very physical game,” Cerny said.
Yorktown runs a spread offense out of the shotgun but is very multiple on offense. Quarterback Josh Garcia had completed 50-of-91 throws for 920 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Three backs have 400 yards or more rushing for the ‘Cats. Dylan Sinast has 471 yards on 46 carries and eight touchdowns; Garcia had 445 yards on 49 carries and four touchdowns; Zackary Lattta ran for 403 yards and three touchdowns.
Corey Pargmann is the leading receiver with 430 yards on 19 catches and four touchdowns.
Cerny said the ‘Cats have lots of speed on their offensive team. “It will be crucial to prevent Yorktown for making a big play on offense,” Cerny said.
The ‘Cats like a split and eight-man fronts on defense and their line will be play aggressive. Joshua Sanger leads the defense with 58 total tackles on the season.
Ball security hurt Shiner last week against Lexington as the Comanches committed five turnovers.
“We will need to improve on ball security. With the physical play we anticipate Yorktown to come out with, we will need to match them physically so we will lean on our offensive line,” Cerny said.
|Mark Lube is the sports editor for the Shiner Gazette. Contact him at 361-594-3346 or email@example.com|